Did you know that there are many people living with dementia today who don’t even know that they have the condition? Scientists are only starting to understand dementia and are finding that most people don’t understand what it is or what the symptoms even are. If you’d like to learn more, here are 5 things you likely didn’t know about dementia that could help you or a loved one with the condition.
Dementia doesn’t discriminate but women tend to be diagnosed more often than men. Some scientists believe it’s because women tend to have longer lifespans. Other studies have found a correlation between dementia and those who live in lower-income areas. Since women are also more likely to receive lower pay than men and live in lower-income areas, they are more likely to develop the condition.
Many people get Alzheimer’s and dementia mixed up. Although it’s true they are related, dementia is not a disease. It is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms that affect thinking, remembering and reasoning. On the other hand, Alzheimer’s is a disease that is a symptom of dementia. It is the most common form of dementia that is a progressive brain disorder, leading to memory loss, confusion, disorientation, and communication impairment.
In the middle to later stages of most types of dementia, a person can start to behave differently than they did before. Some typical changes include restless behavior, sleep disturbance, anxiousness, insecurity, agitation, and aggression. Leading an active lifestyle can help to minimize these behavioural changes.
To date, there is no cure for dementia. Treatments are, however, available to help manage the symptoms. Fortunately, many of the causes can be prevented including diabetes, hearing loss, poor diet, and brain injury.
Life doesn’t have to stop when you have dementia. Many people lead fulfilling and active lifestyles even years after the diagnosis. Finding a caregiver and support group that specializes in dementia can greatly help to better manage the condition and allow you to lead an independent life for as long as possible.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia or are struggling with the condition, our private care team can help. A C-Care nurse is ready to listen to all your needs and provide you with the care and support that you need. We can arrange for home care or facility care for as little or as much time as needed. To find out more about what we do and how we can help, reach out to us today.
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